San Jose SaberKitten Auditions

Last Saturday the Fry’s Electronics Gym in Palo Alto was filled with scores of beautiful, young dancers auditioning for the 2014 San Jose SaberKittens, the dance team for the Arena Football League champion San Jose SaberCats.

Lauren Binkoski was the SaberKittens choreographer the past 2 seasons.  She was impressed by the with the competition: “The girls look really energetic, very polished, their hair and makeup looks better than the years before. They’re really really energetic and everybodies got a really big smile on their face and we’re just really happy to have them here.”

Annabelle is a current Golden State Warriors Girl and a former SaberKitten. She was back on Saturday to help teach the choreography. She was thrilled with the turnout: “This year at the 2014 SaberKitten auditions there’s a huge group of beautiful and talented women and the competition is super fierce. I think that this team is gonna bring a lot entertainment to the fans and I think this whole organization is gonna love them.”

Veteran Tisha: “This is my 2nd year returning back, the very first year I auditioned what I learned from that is if you want something you have to go out and get it and you cant be afraid you have to be confident..and try to outshine everyone but also make friends along the way cause that will make memories and contribute to your experience and memories for a lifetime.”

When asked why she was trying out again SaberKitten veteran Sheila said, “I just really enjoyed the past 2 years..I made a lot of great friends and I really love the organization and I love the fans and I love dancing and performing.”

Kimberly Pena is the current SaberKitten Choreographer. She was a SaberKitten back in 2006-07 and that’s where her  professional dance career started. “Ever since then I’ve been able to dance for other teams. This is a huge stepping stone for the girls to get into the professional cheer world and learn everything about it and improve themselves and become better and reach their goals and inspire younger dancers to do the same.”

The SaberKittens will make their season debut Sunday, March 23rd when the SaberCats host the Philadelphia Soul at the SAP Center.

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2014 Tampa Bay Storm Cheerleader Squad Announced

The Tampa Bay Storm is pleased to announce the members of the 2014 Cheerleader squad.

“I am excited about this season’s squad,” said Tampa Bay Storm director of cheerleaders Kindra Ebanks. “This year we saw a large group of talented ladies at the tryout, and they all made it a difficult for us to narrow it down to the final number.”

Co-Captain Stephanie

Co-Captain Stephanie

The 16-member squad is comprised of eight veterans and eight newcomers. The Storm Cheerleaders perform at all of the Storm home games and dedicate two evenings a week to practice. However, they are more than just cheerleaders. The team also serves as ambassadors in the community with visits to hospitals, food banks, community centers and our military as well as other programs and charities throughout the Tampa Bay community.

2014 STORM CHEERLEADER ROSTER

Veterans

Stephanie, Captain
Savenah, Captain
Alexandra
Salina
Lexxie
Jalyssa
Shaniqua
Philippa

Rookies

Anna
Erika
Keri
Charissa
Megan
Crystal
Emilie
Annie

Soul Squad Open Tryouts to be Held Sunday, February 23

The 2012-2013 Back-to-Back American Conference Champion Philadelphia Soul, presented by Parx Casino, will have open tryouts for the 2014 Soul Squad that will be held on Sunday, February 23 at the Montgomery County Sports Performance Center, located at 110 Christopher Lane, Harleysville, PA 19438, registration starting at 2 p.m. and tryouts starting at 2:30 p.m. There is no fee for this tryout.

The open tryout registration will take place between 2-2:30 p.m. with the audition beginning promptly at 2:30 p.m. Participants must be a high school graduate, at least 18 years of age by February 23, 2014 with a valid photo ID. Girls should wear a form-fitting midriff top, Lycra shorts and appropriate footwear. Men should wear a tight-fitting t-shirt and appropriate footwear. Tryouts will be judged on stunting and tumbling ability, personality, and appearance.

The Soul Squad is a unique and exciting co-ed stunt/promotions team that executes all on-field promotions. The Squad performs college cheerleading style stunts, designed to fire up the best fans for the most exciting team in the Arena Football League. A cheerleading or gymnastic background is preferred but is not required.

The Soul Squad has practice one day a week and performs at every home game.

Those seeking additional information about the auditions call Jessica DeVito at (215) 253-4900, ext. 177, or email jdevito@philadelphiasoul.com.

Photo of the Day – January 22


AJ of the Philadelphia Soulmates

Photo of the Day – January 21


An Orlando Predators Prowler

Photo of the Day – January 20


A Member of the Jacksonville Sharks Attack Dance Team

Scenes from this year’s Sidewinders Finals

ABC15.com and the Talking Stick Resort both have great photos from this year’s final auditions for the Arizona Rattlers Sidewinders dance team. Click here for the gallery on abc 15, and click here for the Talking Stick Resort’s gallery on Facebook!

2014 New Orleans VooDoo Doll Dance Team Set

Hundreds of patrons were in attendance at the legendary Hard Rock Café on Saturday afternoon for the New Orleans VooDoo Doll Finals. The franchise is very pleased to announce that 18 young ladies have been selected to represent the franchise for the 2014 season as VooDoo Dolls.

“My self and the judges were so amazed at the amount of talent we had come out to audition,” said VooDoo Doll Director Jasmine Martijn. “I’m beyond pleased with our 2014 Dolls selected and can’t wait for the fans to meet them at our season opener on March 29.”

The New Orleans VooDoo welcomes back six VooDoo Doll veterans, having danced for the team last year or in years prior.

The 2014 VooDoo Doll Dance Team is listed below:

Taylor Ann – California

Alisia – Lafayette, Louisiana

Tiffany – New Orleans, Louisiana

Marci – Slidell, Louisiana

Brooke – Metairie, Louisiana

Jaime – Harvey, Louisiana

Jasmine – Harvey, Louisiana

Brittany (B-Dub) – Kenner, Louisiana

Lynn – New Orleans, Louisiana

Kinetra – New Orleans, Louisiana

Mildred – St. Bernard, Louisiana

Kayla – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Rachel – Harahan, Louisiana

Christian – Harvey, Louisiana

Amber – St. Bernard, Louisiana

Lon’Rai – New Orleans, Louisiana

Tyranika – New Orleans, Louisiana

Victoria – St. Rose, Louisiana

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2014 Sidewinders Dance Team

Meet the 16 ladies selected to this year’s Arizona Rattlers dance team! This year’s team includes six veterans and lots of beautiful new faces. I’m looking forward to seeing this talented group WERQ out on the field this season.


Top row (L to R): Tiara, Hannah, Chali, Lauren, Clara, McKenze, Megan, Tierney
Bottom row (L to R): Morgan, Amanda, Genesis, Kristin, Mariah, Hillary, Candace, Alexandra
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Congratulations!


Alexandra (veteran)


Amanda (veteran)


Candace (veteran)


Chali (newbie)


Clara (newbie)


Genesis (newbie)


Hannah (veteran)


Hillary (veteran)


Kristin (newbie)


Lauren (newbie)


Mariah (newbie)


McKenze (newbie)


Megan (newbie)


Morgan (newbie)


Tiara (veteran)


Tierney (newbie)

Congratulations 2014 Arizona Rattlers Sidewinders!

The team was just announced. Congrats ladies!

San Jose SaberKittens Prep Classes and Auditions

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Congratulations LA KISS Dancers!

Final auditions for the inagural LA KISS dancers took place Wednesday in North Hollywood. Paul Stanley from KISS tweeted the photo below with the caption “Some of YOUR LA KISS Dancers. Wow! And you’ll be seeing A LOT more of them!”

Interestingly, there are only ten ladies in the photo. I know they planned to have a team twice that size, but it doesn’t look as if they took that many into finals. So I guess at this point it remains to be seen whether they decided to go with a smaller team, or if they plan to audition more dancers.

There are only a handful of photos from the auditions floating around out there, so there’s not much to go on. I am hoping there was a photographer in the room and we’ll get to see some more photos in the near future.

In any case, these couple of photos and the video below give us a few clues as to what to expect from this team in the upcoming season. One thing is for sure, with a style that’s more “video vixen” than “poms and pirouettes,” the LA KISS dancers will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen in Arena Football!

Sidwinders open call Sunday, finals next weekend!

Another LA KISS update

For those auditioning, finals will NOT be on Saturday the 11th. They will most likely be on Wednesday, January 8th. I haven’t had a chance to update the banner at the top of this site, but I will provide more information as it becomes available.

L.A. KISS audition update

Howdy friends. I’ve got some additional information for those interested in auditioning.

Brandy Daimwood-Bouchy

Brandy Daimwood-Bouchy will be managing the dance team, and she was kind enough to provide me with some details on what to expect from auditions. Brandy, a former NBA and AFL dancer (Orlando Magic and Orlando Predators, respectively), is also involved with two other dance teams in the Arena Football League. She is Manager of the Arizona Rattlers Sidewinders, as well as Co-Director of the Orlando Predators Prowlers. I suggest googling both teams to get an idea of how Brandy runs things, and what she’s looking for in her dancers.

I asked Brandy about her vision for this team. I was interested to find out what to expect from this group, regarding overall look and feel, choreography, costuming, and style. Here is what she had to say:

“Edgy, Rock-and-Roll….hello, we’re talking KISS! We’ll be doing a little bit of everything fun….trash jazz, some hip hop, and some fun “theme” routines thrown in. Our costuming will showcase our Dancers. We are still working on specific styles, but rest assured, you’ve never seen anything like our costume designs The caliber of Dancers that we are expecting to put on the LA KISS field will be amazing, we will have cutting-edge choreography and unique, never-before-seen costuming.”

And now, on to the specifics:

Important Dates
* January 4: open call (time and location TBA)
* January 5: finalist interviews
* January 11 January 8th (tentative): final dance audition
There may also be one evening bootcamp/rehearsal between prelims and finals (date/time TBD)

What to wear/bring to auditions
* Wear dance attire that shows your midriff and legs. (No pants or capri’s.)
* They’re not sure yet what surface you will be dancing on, so bring a couple of footwear options. (I doubt you can go wrong with jazz shoes, and/or sneakers with non-marking soles.)
* Bring ID/proof of age (you must be at least 18 years old on Jan 4th)
* Bring two photos (a head shot and a full length photo)
* Bring your resume

What to expect at prelims (details subject to change)
* Dancers will learn an across-the-floor combination, one or more sideline routines, and one or two short combinations (one thrash jazz style, and the other a mix of styles such as jazz and hip hop).
* The last combination of the day will provide an opportunity for a brief solo, showcasing your special skills
* Dancers will perform for the judges in groups of 3 to 6.
* It hasn’t been determined yet how many cuts will happen during the day, but at the end of the day, around 35 finalists will be announced.
(Approximately 20 dancers will be chosen for the team.)

Also: expect CAMERAS. The entire process will be filmed for a potential tv show/special in the works.